Being a "no dye in the wool" Krenovian, I believed that It's The Wood
Stupid and K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid - odd how "stupid" seems to
the underlying commonality) should be my guiding principles. To date,
done little to adhere to the latter and am getting better at the former
-but I keep trying.
So when David Marks and others "patina" an otherwise really nice
piece, and/or gild it - I cringe a little. Poly, wth few exceptions
dictated by the use of the piece, to me, borders on an abomination.
Wood, with all it's wonderous grains and colors, should stand on
its own - no paint or poly, no tints or dyes, no piercing, no texturing,
no charring, no carving, no sand blasting, no gold leaf - as close to
the raw wood the better.
Then I saw a photo of a piece by Binh Pho - on the cover of
Woodturning, a British woodturning magazine. I'd thought
Tom Plamann was the Anti-Krenov (and I mean that in the
most complimentary way), but I was wrong. Binh Pho is
so far at the opposite end of the spectrum from James
Krenov that the two are side by side.
My woodworking world has been shaken - to its core, or
rather its pith.
Krenovians - look her - if you dare
and then explore his other works at
No matter what type of woodworking you do, you really
should see this man's creations -in wood, an acrylic
and gold leaf and... What's even more amazing is the
man's history - he was a sophomore in college in
Saigon when the Viet Nam War ended.
Inspirational is a word tossed about all to casually.
Not in this case - Binh Pho's work is truly